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When using a loupe, if you are right handed you should use your right hand for your right eye. Keeping both eyes open is crucial in order to keep the perception of depth and reduce eye strain. If you feel more comfortable you can use your left hand over your left eye. The loupe should rest against your cheek holding it by the casing with your finger through the protective case.
If you are viewing a gemstone with tweezers, the tweezer will go between the middle and ring finger being held with the opposite hand underneath the hand holding holding the loupe. The reason for this is to maintain stability with the loupe being held against your cheek and the tweezer between the fingers.
Thank you for your excellent advice. You sound like a professional jeweler. Only thing I can add is that there are people like me who are cross eye dominant. I am right handed, but my left eye is my master eye. Just can't get comfortable using my right eye with a magnifier, telescope, microscope or magnifier. Your point on bracing properly, though, is great. Thanks, again.
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